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Old 11th May 2005, 12:10 PM   #1
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Robots can now replicate themselves

Scientists at the Cornell University in Ithaca, New York have created small robots that can build copies of themselves.

Each robot consists of several 10-cm cubes which have identical machinery, electromagnets to attach and detach to each other and a computer programme for replication. The robots can bend and pick up and stack the cubes.

"Although the machines we have created are still simple compared with biological self-reproduction, they demonstrate that mechanical self-reproduction is possible and not unique to biology," Hod Lipson said in a report in the science journal Nature on Wednesday.

He and his team believe the design principle could be used to make long term, self-repairing robots that could mend themselves and be used in hazardous situations and on space flights.

The experimental robots, which don't do anything else except make copies of themselves, are powered through contacts on the surface of the table and transfer data through their faces. They self-replicate by using additional modules placed in special "feeding locations."

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=stor...science_robots

Combine this with smarter than human artificial intelligence and....
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Old 11th May 2005, 12:17 PM   #2
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Wow, that's cool.

I wonder if their descendants, the sole inhabitants of Earth some millions of years from now, will hold a debate in Kansas over whether or not they evolved or were intelligently designed?
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Old 11th May 2005, 01:16 PM   #3
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Super neat video of the reproduction (work safe ):

http://www.nature.com/news/2005/0505...0509-6-m1.html
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Old 11th May 2005, 01:40 PM   #4
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Eerie... so life-like...
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Old 11th May 2005, 06:54 PM   #5
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I wonder if their descendants, the sole inhabitants of Earth some millions of years from now, will hold a debate in Kansas over whether or not they evolved or were intelligently designed?
Only this time ID wins.
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Old 11th May 2005, 07:05 PM   #6
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I'm not impressed...

A few preformed blocks in a very controlled environment is NOT self-replication. It is at best a incredibly simplified demonstration... certainly nothing which could be easily applied or scaled.
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